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The Sacred Writings of Socrates Scholasticus

The Sacred Writings of Socrates Scholasticus –  Socrates Scholasticus

This work comprises the ‚Ecclesiastical History‘. Until the beginning of the fourth century historiography remained a pagan science. With the exception of the Acts of the Apostles and its apocryphal imitations, no sort of attempt hadbeen made to record even the annals of the Christian Church. At the opening of the fourth century Eusebius conceived the idea of writing a history which should include a complete account of the Church’s life to his own days. Hence he has correctly been called the Father of Church History. His work was done so satisfactorily to his contemporaries and immediate successors that none of them undertook to go over the same field again. They estimated the thoroughness and accuracy of his work much higher than later ages have done. But this respect, which enhanced the magnitude of his work in their eyes, at the same time inspired many of them with a desire to imitate him. As the title of the work indicates, the subject is chiefly the vicissitudes and experiences of the Christian Church; but the author finds various reasons for interweaving with the account of ecclesiastical affairs some record also of the affairs of the state. His statement of these reasons puts first among them the relief his readers would experience by passing from the accounts of the perpetual wranglings of bishops to something of a different character; second, the information which all ought to have on secular as well as ecclesiastical matters; and third, the interlacing of these two lines, on account of which the understanding of the one cannot be full without some knowledge of the other. Read more/Mehr lesen...

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The Sacred Writings of Gregory Nazianzen

The Sacred Writings of Gregory Nazianzen –  Gregory Nazianzen

Gregory of Nazianzus, also known as Gregory the Theologian or Gregory Nazianzen, was Archbishop of Constantinople in the 4th century. He is widely considered the most accomplished rhetorical stylist of the patristic age. As a classically trained orator and philosopher he infused Hellenism into the early church, establishing the paradigm of Byzantine theologians and church officials. This edition comprises 24 of his orations as well as many letters.

The Sacred Writings of Gregory Nazianzen

The Sacred Writings of Gregory Nazianzen

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The Sacred Writings of Gregory Nazianzen

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Gregory’s theological and other works (from wikipedia)

Gregory’s most significant theological contributions arose from his defense of the doctrine of the Trinity. He is especially noted for his contributions to the field of pneumatology—that is, theology concerning the nature of the Holy Spirit. In this regard, Gregory is the first to use the idea of procession to describe the relationship between the Spirit and the Godhead: „The Holy Spirit is truly Spirit, coming forth from the Father indeed but not after the manner of the Son, for it is not by generation but by procession, since I must coin a word for the sake of clearness.“ Although Gregory does not fully develop the concept, the idea of procession would shape most later thought about the Holy Spirit. Read more/Mehr lesen...

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The Sacred Writings of Gregory the Great

The Sacred Writings of Gregory the Great –  Gregory the Great

Gregory the Great was born at Rome about 540 A. D. He was at an early age made prætor of Rome by Emperor Justin II of Constantinople, but resigned this office and withdrew to one of the seven monasteries he had founded. “He lavished on the poor all his costly robes, his silk, his gold, his jewels, his furniture, and, not even assuming to himself the abbacy of his convent, but beginning with the lowest monastic duties, he devoted himself altogether to God.” It was while here that he one day saw some fair-haired Anglo-Saxon youths in the slave-market. When he was told they were Angles, he said: “Not Angles, but angels,” and was seized with a longing to Christianize their country. He set out, but was asked to return by Pope Benedict on account of the clamor over his departure. Pelagius II, Benedict’s successor, sent Gregory to Constantinople as papal nuncio. He remained there for three years, writing his Moralia, and on his return to Rome was unanimously elected to succeed Pelagius, who had died of the plague. He was consecrated pope on Sept. 3, 590, and began an immediate reform in the organization and ritual of the Roman church, which is indebted to him for her complete ritual and chants. He also brought Britain and Spain within the pale of Christianity. He died on March 12, 604. Read more/Mehr lesen...

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The Sacred Writings of Pope Clement I.

The Sacred Writings of Pope Clement I. – Clement of Rome

Pope Clement I. is considered to be the first Apostolic Father of the Church and is recognized as a saint in many Christian churches and is considered a patron saint of mariners. This book contains his best-known writings.

The Sacred Writings of Pope Clement I.

The Sacred Writings of Pope Clement I.

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Biography of Pope Clement I (from wikipedia)

Pope Clement I (Latin: Clemens Romanus; Greek: Κλήμης Ῥώμης; died 99), also known as Saint Clement of Rome, is listed by Irenaeus and Tertullian as Bishop of Rome, holding office from 88 to his death in 99. He is considered to be the first Apostolic Father of the Church.

Few details are known about Clement’s life. Clement was said to have been consecrated by Saint Peter, and he is known to have been a leading member of the church in Rome in the late 1st century. Early church lists place him as the second or third bishop of Rome after Saint Peter. The Liber Pontificalis states that Clement died in Greece in the third year of Emperor Trajan’s reign, or 101 AD. Read more/Mehr lesen...

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The Sacred Writings of Pseudo-Clementine Literature

The Sacred Writings of Pseudo-Clementine Literature

The name „Pseudo-Clementine Literature“ (or, more briefly, „Clementina“ ) is applied to a series of writings, closely resembling each other, purporting to emanate from the great Roman Father. But, as Dr. Schaff remarks, in this literature he is evidently confounded with „Flavius Clement, kinsman of the Emperor Domitian.“ These writings are two in number: (1) the Recognitions, of which only the Latin translation of Rufinus has been preserved; (2) the Homilies, twenty in number, of which a complete collection has been known since 1853. Other writings may be classed with these; but they are of the same general character, except that most of them show the influence of a later age, adapting the material more closely to the orthodox doctrine.

The Sacred Writings of Pseudo-Clementine Literature

The Sacred Writings of Pseudo-Clementine Literature

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The Sacred Writings of Eusebius Pamphilus

The Sacred Writings of Eusebius Pamphilus

This edition comprises the following works: ‚The Church History‘ or ‚Ecclesiastical History‘ – Eusebius and Pamphilus wrote the first surviving history of the Christian Church as a chronologically-ordered account, based on earlier sources complete from the period of the Apostles to their own epoch. This „historical account“ has much of Eusebius’s own theological agenda intertwined with the factual text including his view on God, Christ, the Scriptures, the Jews, the church, pagans, and heretics. ‚The Life of Constantine‘ (Vita Constantini) is a eulogy or panegyric, and therefore its style and selection of facts are affected by its purpose, rendering it inadequate as a continuation of the Church History. As the historian Socrates Scholasticus said, at the opening of his history that was designed as a continuation of Eusebius, „Also in writing the life of Constantine, this same author has but slightly treated of matters regarding Arius, being more intent on the rhetorical finish of his composition and the praises of the emperor, than on an accurate statement of facts.“ The work was unfinished at Eusebius‘ death. Some scholars have questioned the Eusebian authorship of this work. ‚Oration in Praise of Constantine‘, an eulogy. Read more/Mehr lesen...

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The Sacred Writings of St. John of Damascus

The Sacred Writings of St. John of Damascus

„Concerning the Orthodox Faith“, the third book of the „Fountain of Wisdom“, is the most important of John Damascene’s writings and one of the most notable works of Christian antiquity. Its authority has always been great among the theologians of the East and West. Here, again, the author modestly disavows any claim of originality – any purpose to essay a new exposition of doctrinal truth. He assigns himself the less pretentious task of collecting in a single work the opinions of the ancient writers scattered through many volumes, and of systematizing and connecting them in a logical whole. It is no small credit to John of Damascus that he was able to give to the Church in the eighth century its first summary of connected theological opinions. At the command of Eugenius III it was rendered into Latin by Burgundio of Pisa, in 1150, shortly before Peter Lombard’s „Book of Sentences“ appeared. This translation was used by Peter Lombard and St. Thomas Aquinas, as well as by other theologians, till the Humanists rejected it for a more elegant one. The author follows the same order as does Theodoret of Cyrus in his „Epitome of Christian Doctrine“. But, while he imitates the general plan of Theodoret, he does not make use of his method. He quotes, not only form the pages of Holy Writ, but also from the writings of the Fathers. As a result, his work is an inexhaustible thesaurus of tradition which became the standard for the great Scholastics who followed. In particular, he draws generously from Gregory of Nazianzus, whose works he seems to have absorbed, from Basil, Gregory of Nyssa, Cyril of Alexandria, Leo the Great, Athanasius, John Chrysostum, and Epiphanius. The work is divided into four books. Read more/Mehr lesen...

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The Sacred Writings of St. Anselm

The Sacred Writings of St. Anselm

„The Sacred Writings Of …“ provides you with the essential works among the Christian writings. The volumes cover the beginning of Christianity until medieval times. The present volume of St. Anselm’s most important philosophical and theological writings contains: (1) The Proslogium (2) the Monologium, (3) the Cur Deus Homo, and (4) by way of historical complement, an Appendix to the Monologium entitled In Behalf of the Fool by Gaunilon, a monk of Marmoutiers.

The Sacred Writings of St. Anselm

The Sacred Writings of St. Anselm

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Biography of St. Anselm (from wikipedia)

Anselm of Canterbury, also called Anselm of Aosta (Italian: Anselmo d’Aosta) after his birthplace and Anselm of Bec (French: Anselme du Bec) after his monastery, was a Benedictine monk, abbot, philosopher and theologian of the Catholic Church, who held the office of archbishop of Canterbury from 1093 to 1109. After his death, he was canonized as a saint; his feast day is 21 April. Read more/Mehr lesen...

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The Sacred Writings of St. Ambrose

The Sacred Writings of St. Ambrose

Aurelius Ambrosius, better known in English as Saint Ambrose (c. between 337 and 340 – 4 April 397), was a bishop of Milan who became one of the most influential ecclesiastical figures of the 4th century. He was one of the four original doctors of the Church. (courtesy of wikipedia.com) This edition includes the following writings: On the Duties of the Clergy. Three Books on the Duties of the Clergy. Three Books on the Holy Spirit. The Two Books on the Decease of His Brother Saytrus. Exposition of the Christian Faith On the Mysteries. The Book Concerning the Mysteries. Two Books Concerning Repentance. Concerning Virgins. Three Books Concerning Virgins. The Treatise Concerning Widows. Selections from the Letters of St. Ambrose.

The Sacred Writings of St. Ambrose

The Sacred Writings of St. Ambrose

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St. Ambrose’s theology (from wikipedia)

Ambrose ranks with Augustine, Jerome, and Gregory the Great, as one of the Latin Doctors of the Church. Theologians compare him with Hilary, who they claim fell short of Ambrose’s administrative excellence but demonstrated greater theological ability. He succeeded as a theologian despite his juridical training and his comparatively late handling of Biblical and doctrinal subjects. Read more/Mehr lesen...

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The Sacred Writings of St. Ignatius

The Sacred Writings of St. Ignatius

More than one of the earliest ecclesiastical writers have given credence, though apparently without good reason, to the legend that Ignatius was the child whom the Savior took up in His arms, as described in Mark 9:35. It is also believed, and with great probability, that, with his friend Polycarp, he was among the auditors of the Apostle St. John. Among others this volume features The Epistle of Ignatius to the Ephesians, The Epistle of Ignatius to the Magnesians, The Epistle of Ignatius to the Trallians, The Epistle of Ignatius to the Romans ,The Epistle of Ignatius to the Philadelphians, The Epistle of Ignatius to the Smyrnaeans, The Epistle of Ignatius to Polycarp and many writings more.

The Sacred Writings of St. Ignatius

The Sacred Writings of St. Ignatius

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Short biography of St. Ignatius (from wikipedia)

Ignatius of Antioch (ancient Greek: Ἰγνάτιος Ἀντιοχείας, Ignátios Antiokheías) (c. 35  – c. 107), also known as Ignatius Theophorus (Ιγνάτιος ὁ Θεοφόρος, Ignátios ho Theophóros, lit. „the God-bearing“), Ignatius Nurono (lit. „The fire-bearer“) was an early Christian writer and bishop of Antioch. En route to Rome, where he met his martyrdom, Ignatius wrote a series of letters. This correspondence now forms a central part of the later collection known as the Apostolic Fathers. His letters also serve as an example of early Christian theology. Important topics they address include ecclesiology, the sacraments, and the role of bishops. In speaking of the authority of the church, he was the first to use the phrase „catholic church“ in writing, which is still in use to this day. Read more/Mehr lesen...

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